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    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Cave Lighting Project

    We are undergoing a year-long lighting project in the cavern. Please be aware of caution tape along pathways inside the cave and use due care.

  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

    The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to weather damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect road access to the visitor center or the cave.

Carlsbad Cave National Monument -- Executive Order

Executive Order No. 3984

It is hereby ordered, under authority of the Act of Congress approved June 25, 1910 (36 Stat., 847), as amended by the act of August 24, 1912 (37 Stat., 497), that the public lands in the following described area in the State of New Mexico be, and the same are hereby, temporarily withdrawn subject to the conditions of said acts, for classification and pending determination as to the advisability of reserving the same for national park or monument purposes:

New Mexico Principal Meridian

In T. 25 S., R. 22 E., Secs. 24, 25, 35 and 36;
In T. 26 S., R. 22 E., Secs. 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 19 to 36, inclusive;
In T. 24 S., R. 23 E., Secs. 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35 and 36;
All T. 25 S., R. 23 E.;
In T. 26 S., R. 23 E., Secs. 4 to 9, inclusive, 16 to 26, inclusive, and 28 to 33, inclusive;
In T. 24 S., R. 24 E., Secs. 25 to 35, inclusive;
In T. 25 S., R. 24 E., Secs. 1, to 18, inclusive;
In T. 24 S., R. 25 E., Secs. 29, 30, NE¼, E½, NW¼ and S½ Sec. 31, all Sec. 32;
In T. 25 S., R. 25 E., Secs. 5, 6, 7, 8, 17 and 18.

Provided, That this withdrawal shall not prevent or preclude the use of these lands, or any of them, for grazing or other analogous purposes temporary in character and not inconsistent with the purpose of this order.


April 2, 1924

Did You Know?

Lake Chandelier in Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Scientists are studying "extremophile" microbes in the highly protected and almost pristine Lechuguilla Cave that are leading scientists towards generating a possible cure for cancer.